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May 20, 2010


I'm looking forward to a light weight & cost packs and gear for Scouts. It is very difficult dealing with:

rarity of short torso lengths on backpacks
Huge Coleman sleeping bags
poor quality heavy tents
cheap poncho's
too many heavy clothes.

I'm getting ready for a trip to Philmont at the end of June and have used the Forums at BPL. The advisor's on our crew have stressed light loads for this trip. I sure am going to miss my hammock. I would hate to carry the recommended equipment for a Philmont Trek... I bet 50+ lbs would be the standard load for each member of our crew. Let's just say we will not be taking the "frying pans". LOL

Looking forward to a new pack. I will keep my eyes on the site.

Lee Kibler
Elberta, AL

I'm not an ultra-lite backpacker by any stretch, but I've found that the more I can do without things, the more I'm able to emphasize and enjoy those fewer things that truly matter to me - not just in backpacking, but in many aspects of life. I've got a feeling that you and your son would love Tom Brown Jr's Tracker School. There's a shared philosophy in the value of education over tools.

The first time I took a backpacking trip was for Boy Scouts. It was a 50 mile hike that was more like 75 miles. I had no idea what I was doing and I had a pack that was made in the 60's. My mother thought that I would starve for sure so she packed extra cans of food that I didn't even know I had. I learned a lot that year!

Now that I'm a leader in the scouting program I like to make sure that the boys have decent gear BEFORE we leave. It is very much worth the extra work.

I'm excited to see someone take on the task of a real lightweight boyscout pack. We're stuggling with finding the right packs for our 11/12 yr old scouts right now. Can't wait to see the new pack. Any idea when it will come out?

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